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Paul Bunyan Playhouse; 'Sherlock Holmes' will open tonight

Bob Malos as Sherlock Holmes, left, and Keith Prusak as Dr. Watson rehearse a scene Tuesday from the third play of the summer season, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

"Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure" by Steven Dietz is a fast-moving, theatrical adaptation of two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Adventure of the Final Problem." Middle school students, teens and adults, who already love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes characters from reading books, will enjoy seeing and hearing the characters brought to life on stage. The Victorian costumes, designed by A. Emily Heaney, and the stage set designed by Artistic Director Zach Curtis work perfectly to establish the time and place of this mystery thriller.

Bob Malos, a familiar face at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, plays Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend, Dr. Watson, is played by Keith Prusak. Professor Moriarty, played by Craig Johnson, is the consummate villain and an intellectual match for Holmes. Stan Peal in his first appearance at the Playhouse plays the King of Bohemia and his former flame, Irene Adler, is played by Katherine Tieben who was last seen in "Sisters of Swing." Rounding out the cast are the conniving James Larrabee, played by Randal J. Funk, and his cold-hearted sister, Madge Larrabee, played by Mallory McKay, plus the casually violent, Sid Prince, played by Andrew Browers.

"Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure" has two acts with one intermission and runs through July 18 at the air-conditioned Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 312 Beltrami Avenue N.W. Evening performances start at 8 pm. Tickets are $22. Sunday Matinee is 2 p.m. July 12. Matinee tickets are $11. Student tickets are $10 for anyone younger than 21. Tickets can be purchased through the Playhouse Box Office at 751-7270 or online at